CCM Artist, Executive Eddie DeGarmo Releases Memoir

Eddie DeGarmo, founder of the 1970s Christian rock band DeGarmo & Key and founder of CCM label ForeFront, has released the biography, Rebel for God: Faith, Business, and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The book, which released in late June, chronicles his 17-year career as a member of DeGarmo & Key, and his work discovering some of the biggest names in modern CCM music.

Throughout his over forty years in music, DeGarmo has had a storied career with success as an artist, songwriter, producer and businessman. He was one of the pioneers of contemporary Christian music as part of rock duo DeGarmo & Key, which was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. DeGarmo has sold millions of albums and garnered numerous Grammy and Dove Award nominations. He co-founded ForeFront Records, where he developed multi-platinum and Grammy winning artists dc TalkStacie OrricoAudio Adrenaline and Rebecca St. James. DeGarmo eventually sold ForeFront to EMI Christian Music Group to focus on his new venture, Meaux Music Publishing. In 2002, he rejoined EMI CMG as President of Publishing, and Meaux was subsequently acquired by EMI CMG in 2005. Under DeGarmo’s leadership, EMI CMG Publishing was named Christian Music Publisher of the Year every year since 2004 by both Billboard and ASCAP. In 2013, DeGarmo led the merger of EMI CMG Publishing with Brentwood Benson Music Publishing to create Capitol CMG Publishing, which holds the 2014 Christian Music Publisher of the Year title with BMI, ASCAP and Billboard.

The book is available at amazon.


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